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Archive for March, 2006

Study Puts Prayer To The Test!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

     A Study of 1,802 heart bypass patients and how prayer might effect recovery, concluded with some surprising results.  Those who knew they were being prayed for actually fared worse, than the other two test groups who received prayer unknowingly, and those who unknowingly received no prayer at all.        One major problem that I see in […]

Afghan Convert Now In Italy

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

     Abdul Rahman, the Afghan convert to Christianity has fled to Italy.  The Italian government offered him asylum and protection.  Now there are reports that other Christian converts have been rounded up in Afghanistan. *Top

Mixed Signals–Why Were The Students Carrying Mexican Flags?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

     I have been out of town on business this week. I saw something today that I can neither completely explain nor understand.  While driving on the Highway from Imperial to Brawley (CA), along the route were more than a hundred high school students marching at the side of the road. What was remarkable was that […]

Afghan Convert Is Released

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

      There continue to be great concerns about his safety, however.  Mental competence did play a role in his release, this is not what most in the west hoped for.  The problem of whether there is really any ‘freedom of religion’ in Afghanistan remains. The Afghan constitution and Afghan government might allow for different religions, but Muslim ‘Shia […]

Mark Steyn On The Afghan Convert Case

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

     Mark Steyn has written a very interesting editorial on the Afghan Christian convert case.  He points out that ‘the moderates’ in Hamid Karzais’ government are attempting to have Abdul Rahman (the Christian convert) declared unfit by reason of insanity.  After all, in the context of Afghanistan, “anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity must, […]

Hillary’s Hermeneutics– Jesus, & The Good Samaritan

Friday, March 24th, 2006

     While referring to The Immigration Bill HR4437, recently passed by the House and now before the Senate, Senator Hillary Clinton cited The Bible, and in the process displayed an interesting understanding and interpretation: “It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures, Because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan […]

Update: Afghan Convert Case

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

     The Afghan Judge, in the case of the Christian convert, vows to ignore foreign pressure.  Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has spoken directly and specifically to Afghan President Karzai and foreign minister about the case, and “..urged President Karzai’s government to seek a favorable resolution to this case the earliest possible moment.”  Officials […]

City of Long Beach, CA Sets Its Sights On A Church –For Eminent Domain of Coarse.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

     Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (Calif.) voted 6-0 recently, to condemn the Filipino Baptist Fellowship Church, to make way for a couple of extra condos. This is clearly another case of Eminent Domain abuse.  If you look at the property, it is well maintained & far from being ‘blighted’.  Not only that, it actually serves the Filipino […]

Christian Convert in Danger of Execution in Afghanistan–Where is The Christian Outrage?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

     A convert to Christianity is being tried in an Afghan Shria court.  Death is the prescribed sentence in this case.  Abdul Rahman was turned in by his own family.  The judge offers to drop the charges if he converts back to Islam, but Addul refuses.  This points up a conflict in Afghan law. The new Afghan […]

Students Flock to Seminaries

Friday, March 17th, 2006

     Seminary enrollment has increased by 20% in the 15 years, at mainline Protestant seminaries, while the sponsoring denominations continue to decrease. Recent studies have shown however, that only about half of the seminary graduates are actually entering parish ministry.  Many graduates are using their theological educations in other allied fields, like education, hospital chaplaincies, family […]